Int. J. of Public Policy   »   2017 Vol.13, No.6

 

 

Title: Quality-enhancing incentive initiatives for hospital care: policy implications and management requirements

 

Authors: Marina Cavalieri; Pierluigi Catalfo; Livio Ferrante

 

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Department of Economics and Business, University of Catania, Corso Italia 55, 95129 Catania, Italy
Department of Economics and Business, University of Catania, Corso Italia 55, 95129 Catania, Italy
Department of Economics and Business, University of Catania, Corso Italia 55, 95129 Catania, Italy

 

Abstract: During the last decades, in many countries retrospective payment systems for hospital care have been replaced by prospective payment methods, mainly DRG-based ones. The latter, though encouraging a more efficient use of hospital resources, present several undesired effects, some of which are likely to jeopardise the quality of care. The aim of the paper is to examine the main issues in designing and implementing an effective scheme of financial incentives for enhancing quality of hospital care. The main international experiences regarding the adoption of hospital performance-based incentives as well as the existing empirical evidence on their capacity to effectively boost quality of care are also critically analysed. Finally, some managerial remarks are considered in order to provide indications for the concrete implementation process and to contribute to the definition of a quality-enhancing incentive scheme well suited to the peculiarities of each organisation system.

 

Keywords: payment systems; quality of hospital care; incentives; performance; P4P; PQ4; public policy.

 

DOI: 10.1504/IJPP.2017.10008763

 

Int. J. of Public Policy, 2017 Vol.13, No.6, pp.383 - 404

 

Date of acceptance: 05 Jun 2017
Available online: 30 Oct 2017

 

 

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